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We are ambassadors for Christ and we affect peoples’ opinion about Jesus. Notice 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 says …we are ambassadors….  It does not say we should be ambassadors.  It is in the indicative; you are an ambassador. The question is not if we are ambassadors, but are we good ambassadors. God is making His appeal to the unsaved through us. How well are we communicating God’s message?

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We are evangelicals. We believe we are called to evangelize, that is, preach the good news that forgiveness of sin and eternal life can be had through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We take seriously the Great Commission..

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As Christians, we believe some incredible things. One of the most incredible is that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. We believe a Jewish man born 2000 years ago who probably stood about 5’6” most likely with black hair and a black beard, olive skin, who worked as a carpenter is also God. That he’s the one who created the universe and holds the atoms together by the power of his word. That’s a pretty stunning thing to believe about a man. Islam and Judaism vehemently, violently reject this idea about Jesus. Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons reject this idea about Jesus. In fact, the vast majority of humanity for the passed 2000 years rejects this idea about Jesus. Are we crazy for believing a man is God? We would be if there wasn’t good evidence for the truth of this claim; there are several lines of evidence that support Jesus’ claim to be God.
One of the most powerful, in fact, one which Jesus used with great affect, is Psalm 110.

One thousand years before Jesus, God revealed three specific facts about the coming Messiah. The only person in all of human history to fulfill this prophecy is Jesus Christ. In this study I hope to encourage you that our faith in Jesus is based on powerful evidence. I also hope to encourage greater confidence sharing with unbelievers why you are trusting Jesus as your Savior. Psalm 110 is the Psalm most often quoted in the New Testament. It was written by King David. The Holy Spirit guided David; David predicted things he could not have known nor would have come to his mind.

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Patriotic Service 2017
Chris Holloway; Ralph King; Mike Ernst

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We must, at times, come across to God like borderlines. When adversity hits, no matter how much God has done for us, we doubt Him. Not all doubt angers God; most doubt fades with experience and maturity. But some believers doubt God in spite of overwhelming experience to the contrary. It is this type of stubborn doubt that angers God. Because He loves us so much, it angers God when we stubbornly doubt Him. God warns us against this kind of doubt in Psalm 95.

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Brothers, if you are a father, stepfather or grandfather raising your grandchildren, you have an incredibly important role to play in raising your children to maturity. We must not fail to teach our children and bring them to maturity. At the heart of maturity is knowing how to properly relate to God and others. This wisdom that Solomon passed on to his son is the same wisdom we need to pass on to our children. On this Father's Day, Proverbs 3:1-12 is an encouragement that wise fathers can raise mature children by teaching them how to relate to God and others.

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Moses wrote Psalm 90 to encourage the people of Israel to live each day for God. He composed Psalm 90 near the end of the 40 years of Wandering. The Wandering had been a forty year funeral march through the Sinai Desert. It was punishment for the Exodus Generation who, at Kadesh Barnea, doubted God’s power to conquer Canaan (Numbers 13-14). Cemeteries marked Israel’s path through the Sinai; an average of 87 funerals a day for forty years; 1.2 million graves. Rather than enjoying the bounty of the Promised Land, forty futile years were spent waiting for the Exodus Generation to die.

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The writer of Psalm 73 is a man named Asaph and he struggled with this same issue. Why do the  wicked succeed while often God's people are oppressed? Psalm 73 is Asaph's struggle with this question that was as relevant then as it is today. Picture with me for a moment Asaph standing before a congregation of people outside of the Tabernacle. The crowd quiets as he stands to share a testimony of God’s goodness in his life during a time when he wrestled with this very question and he nearly slipped into a trap.

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David praises God for His spiritual provisions of answered prayer, forgiveness and fellowship. Coming to Jerusalem and to the Temple was a time for the Israelites to experience these spiritual blessings anew. It was the time when they honored and thanked God for answered prayer by bringing their thank offerings. Some people would include with their prayer request a vow to bring God a thank offering. A portion of the thank offering was offered on the Altar and a portion given to the worshipper to eat with his family and friends. It was during this communal meal in the Temple courts that the one who had taken the vow would glorify God by sharing with those present how God had answered his prayer.

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Israel's king David. A man the bible refers to as "a man after God's Own Heart" (Acts 13:22) is one of the great figures in all of scripture. But, he didn't always look like such a great and Godly figure. To read the full story of David's great sin, see 2 Samuel 11-12. The plot line goes something like this: David slept with the wife (Bathsheba) of one of his most committed soldiers (Uriah), and when he was unable to cover it up, he had Uraih killed, and took Bathsheba as his wife. This is one of the most awful betrayals and evils in scripture, yet even after this takes place David is held up as a great man. How can this be? How could someone who had done such evil, be restored to prominence? Simply put, David's heart was transformed through a confession which relied completely on the steadfast love and abundant mercy of God. David was and is an example of Godliness, because he was a man who deeply desired that God would change his heart. And God did just that.

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